The PGA Tour remains in Las Vegas with The Summit Club making its PGA Tour debut, hosting this year’s CJ Cup. Jason Kokrak looks to defend his crown but Rory McIlroy looks primed to return to the winner’s circle, says The Wolf.
Rory McIlroy does not typically appeal much these days. Too often he seems too much in his own head. This is such a good course fit though and his win in the Wells Fargo seems to have freed him enough that he looks very much a play this week.
The Summit Club has not been seen on the PGA Tour before but the Tom Fazio designed course looks set to reward those long off the tee who can score well. An ability to putt on bentgrass greens will help.
McIlroy finished last season ranked 2nd in Driving Distance and 10th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green. He also ranks 5th in Birdie or Better. He sits 15th in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting on bentgrass, a significant leap from sitting 40th in the field.
He has shown a real liking for Tom Fazio courses too. He has Top 5 finishes at the BMW and at the Olympics this year, both on Fazio courses, while he finished 21st in the CJ Cup last year.
With strong enough form that includes 13 Top 20 finishes in his last 21 PGA Tour starts, he looks primed.
Brooks Koepka is a big tournament player and this is a big tournament. Expect Brooks to show up here.
His form hardly exudes confidence including a recent withdrawal from the Tour Championship but he just thrives in but tournaments with Top 6 finishes at the last three majors of the season.
There is plenty of money on the line here and this course sets up well for Koepka. He ranks 11th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green, 12th in Driving Distance and 15th in Birdie or Better. He also posted a Top 25 in the BMW Championship.
There is a bit of trust here but he looks a very big price.
Paul Casey does not win out of turn but this is a course the consistent Englishman should thrive on.
A strong approach game will translate here and Casey ranked 2nd in Strokes Gained: Approach on Tour last year while ranking 7th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and 11th in Proximity. A 4th in the Olympics shows he has a liking for Tom Fazio courses.
He is a class player who should be around the mark in this.